QUOTE(Mister R @ Sep 4 2012, 17:26)
It just failed on every level.
As a piece of drama it didn't work. It just lurched from one poorly executed and anti-climactic moment to the next. That bait and switch with the hackings in the big meeting was particularly poor. Also its remarkable how quickly journalistic integrity goes out of the window when the self-interest of these characters is involved. After a season of speechifying about journalism and reporting the news they get a huge news story about hacking and decide that rather than report it they're going to use it to blackmail their boss so they can keep their jobs and continue to take pot shots at the Tea Party (more on that in a moment).
The troll story bugs me. A lot. And helps to sum up one of the major flaws of this series. Its all written from hindsight. And not just hindsight but self righteous hindsight.
Also the romance subplots are hideous. In large part this is because all of this people are horrific and I don't actually want any of them to be happy and also because all these people are fucking stupid. Has anyone stopped to follow the path of the Maggie/Jim/Don love triangle that seems to now involve about half the cast? Its mind numbing. Also I think I'm supposed to like Maggie but why would I? She destroys the relationship of her best friend (a relationship she pushed them into in the first place) kisses Jim and then moves in with her boyfriend who she doesn't like. This woman is a complete bitch.
But then there's the political rhetoric. I don't know if you're aware of this but Will McAvoy is a Republican. I know he's a Republican because Aaron Sorkin hits me over the head with this fact at every chance he gets (short of having McAvoy do a big 'I'm a Republican' song and dance number every week) presumably so that he can take some kind of fictional cover behind whilst relentlessly attacking the right – 'but McAvoy's a Republican'. Can anyone remember any criticism of Democrats covered on the show other than the Weiner story, which we were repeatedly told wasn't really news and shouldn't have been treated as such so doesn't really count anyway? The whole thing is just so heavy handed and clunking.
Must say I agree with ALL these points.
1 - The relationships suck, Maggie isn't likeable just stupid and no way would Sloan want that guy, plus it is not at all believable that Sloan is some socially awkward chick who has issues with guys, not just cause she's hot but her whole demeanor. Plus the casting of her friend is terrible, that chick is too tall for most of the other cast members.
2 - Agree that Sorkin is blatantly a democrat not an independent, like what about the mountains of Democrats who have sold out over the years. The show clearly has an anti-republican bias.
3 - The whole show seems so unrealistic, its ok to challenge the establishment but calling the tea party the "American Taliban" is just as sensationalist as FOX calling Obama "Un-American".
4 - Bringing back the college chick was stupid too, maybe next season do something like that but here it just seemed slotted in to give the series some level of symmetry or some shit.This post has been edited by paddyirl: Sep 11 2012, 23:49